Several months ago, we asked the ladies at our church to complete an online survey, using Survey Monkey, so our women’s ministry team could gather information: ideas for topics to study, likes and dislikes, hobbies, events to host, and/or the best time for meetings. We are a church that includes all generations. Meeting the needs of each generation can be challenging, but, as a church, we intentionally gather all women together at least once a quarter to learn from each other. We need each other. Desperately.
Raise your hand if you love summer!! Me. Me. Me! I love the relaxed schedule, the change in routine, summer camp, time with family, lingering a little longer…all of it! I also love a good book. In the summer, I find that I’m able to really focus and dive into books. I sure hope I’m not alone in this. Also, in the summer, I like a little more light reading. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy books like:
But these are NOT exactly my idea of “light” vacation reading.
Several years ago, I was in a dark place personally. I had over-extended myself into places that I was not called, doing things that I was not passionate about, and burning the candle at every possible end. Ever been there?? My sweet friend, Melody, (Remember her?? She gave us the recipes for Rotel Cream Cheese Enchiladas and Nana’s Peachy Delight. Shall we all have a moment of silence for these two recipes?!?) convinced me to go to a retreat for women, specifically women who have husbands in the ministry. Before I move on, you need to know three things about me:
- I love Jesus.
- I do not like large groups of women. (I’m sorry for this. It’s just that women, in general, are emotional and it’s just not my jam.)
- I love my friend Melody…and this is really the only reason I went if I’m being honest.
Our middle son, Jack, came home from a friend’s house several months ago and reported that he and his friend made breakfast for the friend’s family. I had several questions running through my head simultaneously:
Why didn’t you cook me breakfast?
Were there any leftovers?
What did you make?
Cook??? How do you know how to cook??
The other day at the grocery store, I ran into my sweet friend. Our oldest boys are best friends and the same age…finishing up middle school and headed to high school. High school. Gulp. We stood in the aisle for a while talking about some of the things they are encountering during middle school and she said this,
“How do we do this?”
I don’t know about you, but when spring hits, I’m ready to open the windows, let a breeze run through the house, and then get rid of ALL the junk in the house that has piled up over winter (or the last 17 years!).
Anybody?? Please tell me I’m not alone in this.